Newark Arts Education Roundtable


In 2009, the arts education community of Newark, along with the Newark Arts Council, Victoria, Prudential and Dodge Foundations began meeting in earnest to identify ways to impact the declining access Newark children had to arts education. The Newark Arts Education Roundtable was borne out of this collective planning process, with the goal of developing a Newark where all children receive high-quality, sequential instruction in all arts forms through both discipline-specific and integrated opportunities, provided by certified school-based practitioners as well as arts organization partners, both in and out of school. The group also collectively envisioned a city where the arts and creativity are valued for their essential roles in our lives and in developing our community and our economy.

Growing steadily since 2010, the NAER is 53 members strong as of 2015-2016. The NAER membership network includes individuals and organizations of all sizes whose staff members participate in both full membership meetings and smaller committee meetings.

Read our Strategic Plan

Developed October 2009-June 2010

Read our By-Laws

dated 10/2015

What Does Our Work Look Like?

2017: Newark School Board Candidate Survey Results

For the second consecutive year, The NAER, along with Newark Trust for Education and The New Jersey Arts Education Partnership, as part of the ArtsEdNow campaign, invited all of the Newark school board candidates the opportunity to share their views about arts education with voters in their district as a public service. Please see seven respondents’ full surveys below. – (*And see full state results and more here.)

Charles Love

Ryan Talmadge

Ezdehar Abu Hatab

Patricia Bradford

Reginald Bledsoe

Swapan Basu

Flohisha Johnson

2017: ArtsPeak

Newark Museum_3_10With the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, NAER members have the opportunity to visit one another’s teaching programs on-site.

WHY? In an effort to cultivate better and more mutual understanding of our respective institutions, develop community, cross-promote, open doors, and learn from one another’s common challenges and successes.

HOW DO I HOST A VISIT BY NAER MEMBERS? Simply fill out this form

ArtsPeak Intervisitation Host Sign-Up

Sign-up to be a host site for ArtsPeak 2016! Host small groups of NAER Members to observe one of your regularly scheduled arts education programs this fall and winter, in the name of professional development and friendly networking.
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HOW DO I VISIT A PROGRAM? Select ‘Site Visits’ from the Events tab to see a full schedule of available site visits.

2016-2017: Evaluation Workshops

In partnership with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, NAER launched an evaluation workshop series called The Art of Evaluation, designed to strengthen organizational and personal evaluative practices.

WHY? In order to help members develop organizational knowledge and sustainable evaluation capacity in order to ultimately build a common tool, useful to measure our collective impact in Newark.

HOW? Through a series of cumulative workshops:


Session 1: Program Launch!

September 28, 2016 – 12:30-2:30PM

Victoria Foundation, 31 Mulberry Street, 2nd Floor (parking available at Military Park/NJPAC Lot C)

At this introduction session, new and returning participants will set evaluation goals for the new program year, develop a shared timeline, receive step-by-step how-to on using the NAER member-created evaluation tool, go over best practices for measurement and share out personal and professional benchmarks for the series.


Session 2: Evaluation Planning and Implementation

October 13, 2016 – 10AM – 1PM

HELP USA Newark Genesis I & III, 60-68 Mt. Pleasant Avenue Newark, NJ 07104 (street parking available)

Participants in this Education session will learn to plan and implement their own logic models and receive an hour of interactive hands-on training in Survey Monkey.


Session 3: Dodge Data Dashboard

November 15, 2016 – 12:30-2:30PM

The NJ Historical Society, 52 Park Place, Downtown Newark

Learn from Wendy Liscow, Education Program Director at Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, about the roll-out of their Arts Education Data Dashboard, which will offer a more complete picture of the arts education happening in our schools — where it thrives, where there are opportunities for connection, and where we can work to bridge the gaps. All of the data that participants gather in their NAER Evaluation work will be part of the Dashboard, which serves to:

  • Track program offerings in one database and better understand schools, students, and teachers served
  • Tell the story of your organization’s impact to schools, supporters and current and prospective funders
  • Tell the story of the collective impact of Newark and New Jersey’s arts education community


Session 4: Data Analysis

January 10, 2017 – 9:30AM – 2:30PM

HELP USA Newark Genesis I & III, 60-68 Mt. Pleasant Avenue Newark, NJ 07104 (street parking available)

In this session, participants will do exercises around their pre- and post-surveys, as they think about upcoming spring programs. Part of the session will also center on hands-on training in advanced Excel for effective data analysis with Dr. Deborah E. Ward.


Session 5: Looking Ahead

March 22, 2017 – 9:30AM-2PM

NJPAC Arts Education Center, 24 Rector Street

In this final actual session, participants will come together and analyze data, review survey needs and generally touch base about the process. Part of the session will be more in-depth instruction on SurveyMonkey and Excel fro effective data analysis with Dr. Deborah E. Ward. They will also begin to think ahead to the All-City Summit that NAER is hosting in June 2017.


April/May: All-City Summit Plan


Learn how your organization can take part in presenting important arts education information to the city in a June event, hosted by NAER.

To find out how your organization can use the common evaluation tool, please contact

Summer Plus 2016:

For the third consecutive year, NAER partnered with Newark Public Schools’ Office of Expanded Learning Time to bring Newark students enriching and fun arts opportunities, ranging from musical theatre to puppetry to mosaic-creating and much more!

Summer Learning Institute:

NAER and NCLC partnered to bring Arts & Wellness Day to 400 Newark high school students, through empowering arts and leadership workshops.